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How to Trump Democracy

In All, Immigration, Refugees by Adam

If getting your head around the effects of Brexit seemed hard enough on its own, what happens when you add the fiery atmosphere of immigration on the international stage now? Donald Trump made some wild claims and venomous promises in his campaign for presidency that a lot of people brushed aside, thinking he could never, or would never follow them through. However,it now appears that Donald Trump has confused the concept of empowerment with that of oppression. He is signing executive orders that serve to alienate many of his own citizens and open them up to dreadful discrimination. Let us not forget that the result was extremely close – just like the Brexit result, and the Scottish independence referendum – so as a leader, Trump is not in fact speaking on behalf of his entire nation. One American has written a …

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Home is Where the Heart Aches (Part 1)

In All, Brexit, Refugees by Adam

One of the most basic human needs we have is a sense of physical safety and comfort. It is instinctive and established before birth.  Somewhere we know we can return to in danger, and somewhere we can protect.  Somewhere we call ‘home’. We can use no end of catchphrases to justify it: “home is where the heart is”; “there’s no place like home”; “home, sweet home” are but a few.  It also doesn’t matter what form that home takes, whether it is a small studio flat, or even a caravan, up to a stately mansion. Anyone who moved house when they were a child can probably remember the emotional upheaval of leaving friends and family; a school; a community.  We remember the tangible – and we adjust and replace them – but what we often fail to understand that what …

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Lest We Forget the Refugees of Today

In All, Immigration, Refugees by Adam

“Lest we forget.”  It is the phrase of remembrance as we honour the memories of those who have lost their lives fight for the freedom of our country and many others.  I think most people – we can only hope – have at least some understanding of this. I cannot speak for any other country, but I know that in the UK there is simply no excuse for anyone educated in a state school not to know about Remembrance Day and remembrance Sunday. Unless there are specific needs reasons why someone has been unable to learn about these dates, to not know about these dates is a true example of ignorance. A Moment of Silence In the minutes of silence shared on the 11th November and the Sunday (if they are not the same day) people must think of many …

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Refugees and the poisonous narrative

In All, Refugees, Uncategorized by Adam

The UK has been dragging its heels on the refugee crisis for well over a year now. It is almost impossible to know how many refugees have fled the east from Syria and other countries, by land and by sea.  However, even though the number is unclear, what we do know is that the variety is not. Men, women and children have all escaped war-torn countries and fled across Europe from non-EU countries.  David Cameron made a massive error of judgement in 2015 referring to them as a swarm, and he was heavily criticised for it. The worrying narrative But it had been no mistaken comment: it was all part of a worrying developing narrative.  In August 2015 Cameron openly stated that we needed to take greater control over the number of refugees into the UK.  Somewhat cynically, this issue was …

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Jeremy Corbyn, Immigration and Brexit

In All, Brexit, Refugees, UK Immigration by Adam

Jeremy Corbyn has won his leadership: now he needs to win his party Jeremy Corbyn won the second clearest indication of the backing of voters over the weekend when he secured his leadership.  His popularity has always been based on the fact that he appears honest, straight forward, and stands up for what he believes in.  Above all, when you ask him a question you get a straight answer.  That’s new to British politics, and it could be seen as quite telling that his biggest opponents are other MPs. As a result, many people who support Corbyn tend to agree with his views on Brexit and immigration. He is also  well known for building relations with troublesome Eastern leaders, which has led to much criticism.  Ironically, many who criticise that fail to see the irony that they are holding hands …